A 45-year old goat merchant of Panavattambatti village near Sholinghur was fatally knocked down by a van near Aippedu village on Arakkonam-Sholinghur Road.

The incident led to an instant road blockade by villagers on the Arakkonam-Sholinghur Road for about six hours on Saturday morning.

According to police, M. Peethambaram was waiting at the Panavattambatti bus stop at 5 a.m. to go to Ranipet. As none of the Ranipet-bound mofussil buses stopped there, he walked towards nearby Aippedu to board a bus. The poultry-laden van proceeding towards Sholinghur fatally knocked him down.

On hearing about the accident, people of Panavattambatti blocked traffic on the road demanding immediate steps to direct all mofussil buses to stop at Panavattambatti. Police personnel, including V.K. Arunachalam, Inspector, from the Sholinghur Police Station tried to pacify the agitators. But, they demanded a written undertaking from private bus owners that they would stop all buses between Arakkonam and Sholinghur at Panavattambatti. Arakkonam DSP S. Seetharam and Arakkonam tahsildar Thameem promised the agitators that they would take steps. The agitators dispersed at 11.30 a.m. Mr. Arunachalam said that on his request, Mohan, Regional Transport Officer, Ranipet, went to the Sholinghur police station where private bus company owners operating on the Sholinghur-Arakkonam route were summoned. The RTO asked the bus owners to stop their buses at Panavattambatti with immediate effect. The Inspector said private buses were not stopping at the bus stop for a long time as the name board of the bus stop had been damaged. The president of Thalikkal village panchayat (in which jurisdiction Panavattambatti was located) was asked to reinstall the name board.

Van driver Jayaraman of Edappalayam Colony was arrested.

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